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the confrontation, we'll look at what is at stake. >>> send in the marines -- a new u.s. offensive in afghanistan meets fierce resistance. there is an election coming. >>> a new look at breast cancer, two new studies out. how will that they affect treatment options? >>> back to woodstock -- 40 years later. whatever happened to these two people? where are they now? so tune in, turn on, "nightly where are they now? so tune in, turn on, "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it's been a long, hot summer for a lot of members of congress who might have just thought they were coming home for a mostly relaxing month-long break. instead a lot of them have been forced to work hard and talk fast. as town meetings in their districts, designed to get in touch with their constituents, have instead become rough outings. yesterday, the president waded in a town meeting of his own. while there were no flared tempers at that particular event, the white house is hoping to temper the talk out there and get a health care reform deal done. we begin tonight with whit
journalists are home after being set free by a north korean dictator and flown home by a former u.s. president who traveled halfway around the world to get them. it was an emotional homecoming in california for laura ling and euna lee as we learn more tonight now about how this all came together. we begin our coverage this evening with nbc's george lewis. >> reporter: free at last. the two journalists briefly savoring their return to america this morning, before being mobbed by their families. a poignant moment as euna lee's husband michael saldote, and 4-year-old daughter hannah held on to one another for dear life. and a big hand for the former president who secured the release of the two women after five months in captivity. >> we feared that at any moment we could be sent to a hard labor camp. when we walked through the doors we saw standing before us president bill clinton. we were shocked but we knew instantly in our hearts that the nightmare of our lives was finally coming to an end. >> reporter: throughout the journalists' 140-day ordeal, the families of laura ling and euna lee held vi
. cnbcs erin burnett at the new york stock exchange to start us off. good evening. >>> good evening, brian. this jobs' number was really a test for both wall street and for main street. consumer confidence has been ticking up a little bit as of late. and stocks are up 50% from their lows in march. but all of that was based on hope that the recession is actually ending. >> reporter: with more than 14.5 million americans out of work, president obama is not ready to declare victory just yet. >> we have a lot further to go. as far as i'm concerned we will not have a true recovery as long as we are losing jobs. >> reporter: today's jobs report showed that at least the country is losing jobs more slowly. the average monthly job loss for three months was 331,000, roughly half the drop recorded in the previous six months. while manufacturers continue to struggle, laying off 52,000 workers in july, that's the smallest decline in a year. automobile manufacturing actually added 28,000 jobs as car makers reopened plants. another bright spot, health care. up 17,000. still, the drop in the unemployment
, we'll look at what is at stake. >>> send in the marines. a new u.s. offensive in afghanistan meets fierce resistance. there is an election coming. >>> a new look at breast cancer, two new studies out. how will that they affect treatment options? >>> become to woodstock, 40 years later. whatever happened to these two people? where are they now? so tune in, turn on, "nightly where are they now? so tune in, turn on, "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it's been a long, hot summer for a lot of members of congress who might have just thought they were coming home for a mostly relaxing month-long break. instead a lot of them have been forced to work hard and talk fast. as town meetings in their districts designed to get in touch with their constituents have instead become rough outings. yesterday, the president waded in a town meeting of his own. while there were no flared tempers at that particular event, the white house is hoping to temper the talk out there and get a health care reform deal done. we begin tonight with white house
dictator and flown home by a former u.s. president who traveled halfway around the world to get them. it was an emotional homecoming in california for laura ling and euna lee as we learn more tonight now about how this all came together. we begin our coverage this evening with nbc's george lewis. >> reporter: free at last. the two journalists briefly savoring their return to america this morning, before being mobbed by their families. a poignant moment as euna lee's husband and 4-year-old daughter hannah held on to one another for dear life. and a big hand for the former president who secured the release of the two women after five months in captivity. >> we feared that at any moment we could be sent to a hard labor camp. when we walked through the doors we saw standing before us president bill clinton. we were shocked but we knew instantly in our hearts that the nightmare of our lives was finally coming to an end. >> reporter: throughout the journalists' 140-day ordeal, the families of laura ling and euna lee held vigils and tried to raise public awareness about the plight of the tw
will be the next supreme court justice, the u.s. senate today confirmed judge sonia sotomayor as the first hispanic justice on the supreme court. only the third female justice in all of u.s. history. she is all but officially on the court. that comes with a swearing-in ceremony saturday. first came today's history-making vote. approving the nominee as it turns out by a comfortable margin. we begin here tonight with our justice correspondent pete williams at the supreme court building. pete, good evening. >> reporter: brian, judge sotomayor watched the vote at the federal courthouse in new york about half an hour away from the public housing project where she grew up. and around the country hispanic groups were celebrating. sotomayor! sotomayor! sotomayor! >> reporter: huge cheers in los angeles where hispanic supporters joined to watch the historic senate vote. here and at similar gatherings around the country pride in having a supreme court justice from the nation's fastest growing minority, now 15% of the population. >> i was just so elated, thrilled. i had to jump up. this was a moment we have b
on a bright sunny day. nbc's jeff rossen is on the story for us again this evening. he joins us from hoboken on the new jersey side of the river with the latest. jeff? >> reporter: lester, good evening to you. along the hudson river on the jersey side, and it's been tough for investigators and drivers today because the wreck tge itself keeps moving around under the water. the current is strong. they need that debris to recon struget the accident and put all this together. tonight investigators are using side scan sonar equipment and they're making progress. in the shadow of the empire state building, the grim search for bodies and debris. investigators recovered both today. more victims pulled from the hudson, along with a charge chunk of theightseeing helicopter. lifted to the surface with a giant crane. >> the helicopter sustained significant damage. they are going to be conducting further examination of the wreckage to determine what pieces might be missing. >> reporter: we're learning more about the midair collision and how it happened. the crash that killed nine people leaving debris sc
theft in u.s. history. more than 100 million credit and debit card numbers may have been stolen. >>> second opinion. the president wages options on health care reform is a compromise in the works and what does it mean? >>> the states in change. hundreds of women are on the ballot in afghanistan. standing up for rights where women have few. >>> rock of ages. returning to a place attorney by war and ethnic hatred, u2 shows the healing power of music. >>> and also tonight, if you think binge drinking is just a problem for the young people, think again. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television a >>>good evening. in for brian williams, i'm ann curry. and tonight we begin with what the justice department calls the biggest case of hacking and identity theft in u.s. history. federal prosecutors believe a record-breaking 130 million credit and debit card numbers have been stolen by one man now in custody with the help of at least two others still at large. and while the government says this is an international case, the victims are ordinary shoppers in gro
not all of a bad thing there as they could use a little bit more rain across parts of the parched southeast as we head on through the next couple of days. but as you mentioned, that's not the only game in town. we also have tropical depression an ana which was a tropical storm, and we have tropical storm bill behind that, which is the bigger system and the one we're really most worried about. it could easily become a hurricane here within the next 12 to 24 hours. now, the news with ana is that it will probably weaken and stay a tropical depression or even less as it moves into the caribbean. however, bill, even though it may become a hurricane and a fairly potent hurricane, right now the indications are it could stay off shore of the east coast. that's what our latest computer models are telling us, but we can't let our guard down. from the middle 6 august into the middle of september, that is the middle of the hurricane season, and so claudette is just a reminder of what things can do this time of the year. lester? >> jeff morrow in florida. we'll stay in close contact with you a
thing there as they could use a little bit more rain across parts of the parched southeast as we head on through the next couple of days. but as you mentioned, that's not the only game in town. we aotieav t hcaropil depressioo an ana which was a trocam,l stor and we have tropical storm bill tbend whistt,hahich it, the bir system and the one we're really most worried about. it could easily become a hurricane here within the next 12 to 24 hours. now, the news with ana is that it will probably weaken and stay a tropical depression or even less as it moves into the caribbean. however, bill, even though it may become a hurricane and a fairly potent hurricane, right now the indications are it could stay off shore of the east coast. that's what our latest computer models are telling us, but we can't let our guard down. from the middle 6 august into the middle of september, that is the middle of the hurricane season, and so claudette is just a reminder of what things can do this time of the year. lester? >> jeff morrow in florida. we'll stay in close contact with you and all our colleagues at
exchange to start us off here tonight. erin, good evening. >>> good evening, brian. this jobs' number was really a test for both wall street and for main street. consumer confidence has been ticking up a little bit as of late. and stocks are up 50% from their lows in march. but all of that was based on hope that the recession is actually ending. >> reporter: with more than 14.5 million americans out of work, president obama is not ready to declare victory just yet. >> we have a lot further to go. as far as i'm concerned we will not have a true recovery as long as we are losing jobs. >> reporter: today's jobs jo report showed that at least the country bsjoore slowly. the average monthly job loss for the past three months was 331,000, roughly half the drop recorded in the previous six months. while manufacturers continue to struggle, laying off 52,000 workers in july, that's the smallest decline in a year. automobile manufacturing actually added 28,000 jobs as car makers reopened plants. another bright spot, health care. up 17,000. still, the drop in the unemployment rate may not be som
, four u.s. soldiers have been charged with hazing and terrorizing a young soldier until he took his own life. we get the disturbing details now from nbc's jim miklaszewski at the pentagon. mik. >> reporter: david, one of the more tragic stories out of iraq recently. four u.s. soldiers are charged with cruelty for allegedly abusing and harassing a young soldier, possibly driving him to his death. the victim is 19-year-old keifer wilhelm in iraq ten days. the four soldiers including three sergeants are alleged to have constantly humiliated the soldier and repeatedly forced him to perform grueling exercises and crawl in the dirt until his legs bled. a little less than two weeks ago, keifer went off on his own and shot himself to death with his m-16. tonight, keifer's father told us he was a lovable kid who never got into trouble and always respected authority. now if court martialed and convicted, these four americans could get anywhere from 8 to 25 years in a military prison. now the tragic irony to awful this is these four soldiers were part of a brand new u.s. army brigade sent to iraq
countries view us, because this is going to be used by america's enemies against us no matter what the obama administration does. >> all right, andrea mitchell and pete williams in our washington newsroom to start us off tonight, as we continue to go through these new documents. >>> we turn now to a major health news story. a u.s. government prediction today about how bad the swine flu outbreak might still become. they say a big percentage of the u.s. population is at risk and in some cases, the disease is expected to pose a fatal threat. we get details now from our chief science correspondent robert bazell, who is tonight at the centers for disease control in atlanta. >> reporter: a committee of scientists that advises the president said that while the swine flu pandemic is impossible to predict, a plausible scenario with the infection of 30% to 50% of the u.s. population, as many as 1.8 million hospital admissions and 30,000 to 90,000 deaths concentrated among children and young adults. speaking today at the centers for disease control, aging age secretary sebelius said she's concerned abo
him for compassional reasons and then steeled itself for outrage which came. dawna friesen joins us from outside the prison where the terrorist was held in scotland. dawna. >> reporter: he spent eight years of a life sentence here in the scottish prison. and tonight al-megrahi left here a free man. a decision scotland's justice department said he knew many would disagree with. al-megrahi dressed in white on his final steps to freedom. terminally ill with prostate cancer he was released on compassionate grounds by the justice minister, a decision met with outrage at the highest levels. >> we have been in contact with the scottish government. indicating that we objected to this. and we thought it was a mistake. >> reporter: 270 people died in the lockerbie bombing, 189 of them americans. after a massive investigation, and lengthy trial, megrahi was the only person convicted. jack and kathleen flynn lost their 21-year-old son, john patrick in the bombing. >> the word compassion should never be used in the same sentence with mr. megrahi. >> bert aberman lost his brother tom. scotland's
in u.s. history. more than 100 million credit and debit card numbers may have been e president wages options on health care reform. is a compromise in the works and what does it mean? >>> the states in change. hundreds of women are on the ballot in afghanistan. standing up for rights where women have few. >>> rock of ages. returning to a place torn by war and ethnic hatred, u2 shows the healing power of music. >>> and also tonight, if you think binge drinking is just a problem for the young people, think again. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. in for brian williams, i'm ann curry. and night we begin with what the justice department calls the biggest case of hacking and identity theft in u.s. history. federal prosecutors believe a record breaking 130 million credit and debit card numbers have been stolen by one man now in custody with the help of at least two others still at large. and while the government says this is an international case, the victims are ordinary shoppers in grocery stores, department stores and convenience
. dawna friesen joins us from outside the prison where abdul ali al megrahi was held in scotland. dawna. >> reporter: he spent eight years of a life sentence here in the scottish prison. and tonight al-megrahi left here a free man. a decision scotland's justice secretary said he knew many people would disagree with. and he was right. abdul baset ali al-megrahi dressed in white on his final steps to freedom. terminally ill with prostate cancer he was released on compassionate grounds by the scottish justice minister, a decision met with outrage at the highest levels. >> we have been in contact with the scottish government indicating that we objected to this. and we thought it was a mistake. >> reporter: 270 people died in the lockerbie bombing, 189 of them americans. after a massive investigation, and lengthy trial, megrahi was the only person convicted. jack and kathleen flynn lost their 21-year-old son, john patrick in the bombing. >> the word compassion should never be used in the same sentence with mr. megrahi. >> bert aberman lost his brother tom. >> it's as bad as the first day whe
largely due to a tax credit for first time home buyers. cnbc's diana olick is joining us tonight with more on this. diana. >>> good evening, david. that $8,000 tax credit coupled with bargain basement home prices are really driving today's sales, but the bulk of the action is on the low end of the market. >> reporter: the bargain hunters are out in droves, lured by low home prices and historically attractive affordability. realtors report since their peak in july 2006 home prices are down 23%, down 15% in just the last year. and foreclosures, which rose to a new record again in the second quarter of this year, are only pushing prices lower. >> buying a foreclosed home seems like a good deal. od deal.y, opportunity for a >> welcome to our foreclure bus tour. >> reporter: in fact, one third of all homes sold in july were foreclosed properties. >> now is a great time to buy a house. >> reporter: which is why realtor bob lucito is running bus tours of local foreclosures. >> you are going to buy, 10%, 20%, 30% below market. maybe even more. >> reporter: you can see it in july sales numbers, sal
are dead and u.s. forces there n only watch. >>> storm watch -- wild summer weather across the country including tornadoes and hurricane bill. now a category 4. where is it headed next? >>> and right off the bat -- finding common ground between immigrant kids and the cops who control their neighborhoods. >>> also tonight, remembering the pioneer behind one of the most popular tv programs ever. the pioneer behind one of the most popular tv programs ever. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm lester holt in tonight for brian williams. as lots of americans enjoy some time off in these final weeks of summer, health officials are worrying tonight about what will greet them when they return in big numbers to classrooms and offices this fall. as scientists race to test and distribute a vaccine for swine flu, it may be a case of too little too late to head off an outbreak of the disease. and so today officials declared the american work place as the next line of defense. our chief medical editor dr. nancy snyderman is with us to explain.
heading north and east of the fire. nbc's miguel almaguer begins our coverage for us from the fire line for us tonight. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. this fire is so active, so aggressive, people are conducting what they call rolling evacuations, and aas you can see here, not every homemade it through the fire. it's a movie monster, the station fire devours ridge after ridge across los angeles county. more than 105,000 acres swallowed by flames. >> get up high. >> reporter: the blaze doubled in size last night, an unstoppable force that has firefighters on their heels and neighborhoods on the run. >> if the winds come up, the fires come down and any threat at all, i'm out of here. >> reporter: 6,600 have been forced to evacuate. hundreds more are ordered out each day, some refuse to leave. this as the fire marches on, breaking into different pieces, moving in multiple directions. several los angeles suburbs sit in its path. more than 12,000 homes remained threatened. >> it's like a war zone. >> reporter: for dozens of homeowners, it's too late. the fire moved s
and u.s. forces there can only watch. >>> storm watch. wild summer weather across the country including tornadoes and hurricane bill. now a category 4. where is it headed next? >>> and right off the bat -- finding common ground between immigrant kids and the cops who control their neighborhoods. >>> also tonight, remembering the pioneer behind one of the most popular tv programs ever. the pioneer behind one of the most popular tv programs ever. nightly news begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm lester holt in tonight for brian williams. as lots of americans enjoy some time off in these final weeks of summer, health officials are worrying tonight about what will greet them when they return in big numbers to classrooms and offices this fall. as scientists race to test and distribute a vaccine for swine flu, it may be a case of too little too late to head off an outbreak of the disease. and so today officials declared the american work place as the next line of defense. our chief medical editor dr. nancy snyderman is with us to explain. good evenin
to go through these new documents, both with us from our washington newsroom tonight to start us off. thanks to you both. >>> now we turn to a big health news story. a u.s. government prediction today about how bad the swine flu outbreak might still become. they say a big percentage of the u.s. population is at risk and in some cases, the disease is expected to pose a fatal threat. we get details from our chief science correspondent robert bazell, who is tonight at the centers for disease control in atlanta. >> reporter: a committee of scientists that advises the president said that while the swine flu pandemic is impossible to predict, a plausible scenario with the infection of 30% to 50% of the u.s. population, as many as 1.8 million hospital admissions and 30,000 to 90,000 deaths concentrated among children and young adults. speaking today at the centers for disease control, aging secretary sebelius said she's concerned about certain polls showing americans are not terribly worried about swine flu. >> we know that right now that there's a lot of complacency. now the continuum of b
for us tonight. kerry, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. passengers on board say most were asleep or just beginning to wake up when without warning the plane jerked up and then fell, throwing the passengers from their seats. it's now believed this was likely a case of the jet hitting a huge pocket of what's known as clear air turbulence. the boeing 767 was on route to houston when it diverted and made an emergency landing in miami this morning. on board the continental flight, 168 passengers, 11 crew. at least 14 travelers were thrown so forcefully they had to be hospitalized. >> i really thought we wouldn't make it. >> reporter: witnesses say some passengers shot out of their seats like missiles. paramedics say it appears they weren't wearing their seat belts. >> i didn't have my seat belt on and i hit my head on the roof of the ceiling and then i fell down and i hit it on the monitor in front of me. >> reporter: continental flight 128 was more than 6 hours into its flight from rio de janeiro, about 60 miles north of the dominican republic, at 36,000 feet and climbing when
american aircraft lost. >> reporter: but the u.s. military never found speicher's body until now. last week iraqi civilians led u.s. marines to speicher's remains. one iraqi said bedouins found him dead near the crash site shortly after his jet went down and then buried him nearby. military pathologists have now positively identified the remains as of this speicher. it's been an agonizer ordeal for his wife and their who children. senator bill nelson said initially the military gave up on speicher too soon. >> when a pilot goes out in harm's way, that pilot knows for sure that if he has to eject, that there's a search and rescue mission that's coming after him, and sadly that did not occur in the case of scott speicher. >> reporter: although speicher was declared dead, some evidence suested he survived the crash and was captured alive. his flight suit was recovered intact, and there were reports he may have been held prisoner by the iraqis. so in 2001 the navy changed his status from killed in action to missing captured. then at the start of the second iraq war a more tantalizing clue. his
sanders in miami for us tonight. kerry, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. passengers on board say most were asleep or just beginning to wake up when without warning the plane jerked up and then fell, throwing the passengers from their seats. it's now believed this was likely a case of the jet hitting a huge pocket of what's known as clear air turbulence. the boeing 767 was on route to houston when it diverted and made an emergency landing in miami this morning. on board the continental flight, 168 passengers, 11 crew. at least 14 travelers were thrown so forcefully they had to be hospitalized. >> i really thought we wouldn't make it. >> reporter: witnesses say some passengers shot out of their seats like missiles. paramedics say it appears they weren't wearing their seat belts. >> i didn't have my seatbelt on and i hit my head on the roof of the ceiling and then i fell down and i hit it on the monitor in front of me. >> reporter: continental flight 128 was more than 6 hours into its flight from rio de janeiro, about 60 miles north of the dominican republic, at 36,000
. >> as of 0900 this morning washington time there's been a single american aircraft lost. >> reporter: but the u.s. military never found speicher's body until now. last week iraqi civilians led u.s. marines to speicher's remains. one iraqi said bedouins found him dead near the crash site shortly after his jet went down and then buried him nearby. military pathologists have now positively identified the remains as of this speicher. it's been an agonizer ordeal for his wife and their who children. senator bill nelson said initially the military gave up on speicher too soon. >> when a pilot goes out in harm's way, that pilot knows for sure that if he has to eject, that there's a search and rescue mission that's coming after him, and sadly that did not occur in the case of scott speicher. >> reporter: although speicher was declared dead, some evidence suggested he survived the crash and was captured alive. his flight suit was recovered intact, and there were reports he may have been held prisoner by the iraqis. so in 2001 the navy changed his status from killed in action to missing captured. then at t
my head tonight. t thal wil do i >> that will do it for us. we thank you for watching. "nightly news" is next. >>> on the broadcast tonight -- into the fray over health care reform. the president pushes back against his critics. who is winning this debate? >>> strong medicine. beyond all the heated rhetoric, all the noise, bringing free health care to those who need it most. >>> finally,t long last, gm is out with its car of the future. available soon. an astounding mpg number. but there is a catch. >>> the asprin evidence, another reason to take aspirin. tonight what doctors are saying about it now. >>> eunice kennedy shriver, sister of a president, and her to millions who will never know her. to millions who will never know her. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. if the president thought that by showing up at a town meeting in new hampshire today he was going to at least sample some of the noise and action and anger that we have seen at other gatherings across this country. he was mistaken. if he came fixing for a fight.
of the fire. nbc's miguel almaguer begins our coverage from the fire line for us tonight. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. this fire is so active, so aggressive, people are conducting what they call rolling evacuations, and as you can see here, not every home made it through the fire. it's a movie monster, the station fire devours ridge after ridge across los angeles county. more than 105,000 acres swallowed by flames. >> get up high. >> reporter: the blaze doubled in size last night, an unstoppable force that has firefighters on their heels and neighborhoods on the run. >> if the winds come up, the fires come down and any threat at all, i'm out of here. >> reporter: 6,600 have been forced to evacuate. hundreds more are ordered out each day, some refuse to leave. this as the fire marches on, breaking into different pieces, moving in multiple directions. several los angeles suburbs sit in its path. more than 12,000 homes remained threatened. >> it's like a war zone. >> reporter: for dozens of homeowners, it's too late. the fire moved so quickly, the true extenof the damag
. [ please stand by ] >>> good evening. we now know who will be the next supreme court justice, the u.s. senate today confirmed judge sonia sotomayor as the first hispanic justice on the supreme court. only the third female justice in all of u.s. history. she is all but officially on the court. that comes with a swearing-in ceremony saturday. first came today's history-making vote. approving the nominee as it turns out by a comfortable margin. we begin here tonight with our justice correspondent pete williams at the supreme court building. pete, good evening. >> reporter: brian, judge sotomayor watched the vote at the federal courthouse in new york about half an hour away from the public housing project where she grew up. and around the country hispanic groups were celebrating. sotomayor! >> reporter: huge cheers in los angeles where hispanic supporters joined to watch the historic senate vote. here and at similar gatherings around the country pride in having a supreme court justice from the nation's fastest growing minority, now 15% of the population. >> i was just so elated, thrilled.
like it used to be. >> the good old days. >> the good old days. >> reporter: for jennifer barren was good-bye explore, hole low focus. >> it's zoomy looking, i had to get the black one. it's brand new, it's smooth, it's such a smoother ride than my clunk sneer in less than a weeks, the cash for clunker program has already demonstrated that many americans are now willing to part with their gas guzzlers. many rushing to buy before the incentive ends. according to government data, the top trade-ins are all big and all american made. ford explore, jeep cherokees and grand cherokee, ford windstars an dodge caravan, the most popular purchases, a smaller miss of domestic and imporkts honda signicivic, toyota corolld prius in the top five. >> almost two to one people are buying more fuel efficient cars and getting the $4,500 voucher. >> reporter: the bigiest dealerships are in the west and fid west. some dealers say the program is a victim of its own success, so many sales the government website is often overloaded. and with friday's potential new cash injection, $3 billion in rebates ar
bobby's assassination. >> those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us, what he wished for others, will someday come to pass for all the world. as he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him, "some men see things as they are and say why? i dream things that never were and say why not?" >> if his younger years were marked by tragedy, his later years would be marked by indiscretion. chiefly, chappaquiddick, an island in massachusetts that became shorthand for the unreported death of a young woman. campaign aide mary jo kopechne, he was found guilty only of leaving the scene of an accident. he went on national television to explain himself. >> all kind of scrambled thoughts, all of them confused, some of them irrational, many of them which i cannot recall and some of which i would not have seriously entertained under normal circumstances went through my mind during this period. >> in the years that followed in the senate, ted kennedy made a decision to bear down and do the work. he concentra
. starts us off from portsmouth tonight. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. well from the outside the stage did appear set out here for the president to face some really tough critics. just like these members of congress are facing. but that wasn't the case on the inside. divided only by a street and a few of portsmouth's finest. supporters and detractors of president obama's health care plan spent plenty of time, banging drums and yelling. as they waited for a chance to cheer or jeer, the president's motorcade. but the president skirted the crowd taking a back way. before emerging in a high school gym to a very friendly audience. still, the president found himself spending much of his time saying what his plan is not going to do. >> this is not about putting the government in charge of your health insurance. so i just want to assure we are not talking about cutting medicare benefits. i am not promoting a single pay plan. >> he used humor to push back on some of the wilder accusations. >> the rumor that has been circulating a lot lately is this idea that somehow the ho
bobby's assassination. >> those of us who lovedim and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us, wh he wished for others, will someday come to ps for all the world. as he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him, "some men see things as they are and say why? i dream things that never were and say why not?" >> if his younger years were marked by tragedy, his later years would be marked by disction. chiefly, chappaquiddick, an island in massachusetts that became shorthand for the unreported death of a young woman. campaign aide mary jo kopechne, he was found guilty only of leaving the scene of an acdent. he went on national television to explain himself. >> all kind of scrambled thoughts, all of them confused, some of them irrational, many of them which i cannotecall and me of which i would not have seriously entertained under normal circumstances went through my mind during this period. >> in the years that followed in the senate, ted kennedy made a decision to bear down and do the work. he concentrated on running th
in new york with us tonight with mor on this. talk about news breaking out. >> it was. the news the finanal world was waiting for, brian. while not everamerican knows his name they have certainly felt ben bernanke's work. >> it's bee a particular privilege for me to serve. >> reporter: wall stet was watching today as president obama visiting martha's vineyard prsed pause on his vacation. >> i apologizeor interrupting the relaxing that i told all of you to do. >> reporter: to appoinben bernanke to another four-year term as fed chair crediting the former princeton professowith helping to prevent calamity. >> as an expert on the causes of the great depression, i am sure ben never imaginede would be part of a team responsib for preventing another. but because of his background, his temperament, his courage and creativity, that's exactly what he has helped to achieve. >>> on t broadcast tight meltdown -- >> reporter: nearly one year ago, last september, banks were failing, the dow was in free fall as crit dried up. the entire financial system threatened with collapse. some say bernan
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him here to mexico. meeting with the leaders of canada and mexico, the president used a post-summit news conference after brief technical difficulties -- >> testing. good morning and buenos dias. >> reporter: -- to urge calm in the health care debate raging at home. >> i suspect that once we get into the fall and people look at the actual legislation that's being proposed, that more sensible and reasonable arguments will emerge, and we're going to get this passed. >> reporter: but the president's call for calm -- >> not wanting you folks in charge of my health care is my number one priority! >> reporter: -- is in contrast to an increasingly raucous scene at town halls like this one today in new jersey. hundreds packed the room to give congressman steve rothman an earful. >> you're not going to exclude illegal aliens and the spending has to stop. you have to stop passing us the buck. >> reporter: in response, the white house is getting more aggressive and borrowing a page from the old campaign playbook. today unveiling a website featuring key white house aides dispelling what
system. nbc's chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd joins us to break down the numbers. hello, chuck. >> reporter: a heated three weeks on health care, no doubt. and while there is a large majority that agrees there needs to be a major overhaul of the health care system it is about the only point of agreement in this poll. the scenes are familiar now. passionate support. passionate opposition. there are differences. >> reporter: for the president the debate hasn't been particularly helpful. for the third straight month mr. obama's overall job approval rating has dropped. now just 51%. with 40% disapproving. on health care the president's job rating while unchanged still only has 41% approvinapproving, disapproving. lyle rexler of brooklyn is withholding judgment. >> we won't know until we find out whether, you know, he gets something through. then we will find out if he did a good job or not. >> reporter: even worse for republicans in congress. just 21% approve of how they are handling health care. 62% disapprove. >> of course they want -- >> reporter: the p
the government should go to reform the health care system. nbc's chief white house llo, chuck.e numbers.ns us to >> reporter: good evening, lester. look, it's been a heated three weeks on health care, no doubt about that. and while there is a large majority that agrees there needs to be a major overhaul of the health care system it is about the only point of agreement in this poll. the scenes are familiar now. passionate support. >> health care for >> reporter: passionate opposition -- >> who's going to pay! >> reporter: for the president the debate hasn't been particularly helpful. for the third straight month mr. obama's overall job approval rating has dropped. now just 51%. with 40% disapproving. on health care the president's job rating while unchanged still only has 41% approving, 47% disapproving. lyle rexler of brooklyn is withholding judgment. >> you know, we don't know how good a job he did until we find out whether, you know, he gets something through. then we will find out if he did a good job or not. >> reporter: it's even worse for republicans in congress. just 21% approve of how
routine. good hand washing and only use any of the anti--virals after you get sick. brian for those people around and may have gotten swine flu inoculation in 1976. good news it may transfer some immunity. >> that would be nice. our kids aren't going to like three shots. is the nasal spray a substitute? >> it will come, but right now all vaccination program is really looking at injections. >> not sure we are going to like three shots either. >> but we will diet. >> i guess we will. now to the obama administration's cash for clunkers program, given a boost to auto sales in the week and a half it has been up and running. the u.s. senate is going to vote on whether to put more money into the program which proponents as you know say is good for consumers, good for detroit, and the whole earth at that rate. nbc's kelly o'donnell from capitol hill. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the popularity of cash for clunkers doesn't mean it is easy to keep the program going. senate republicans say the country can't afford another $2 billion into just one industry. but tonight senate
correspondent chuck todd now joining us from belgrade, montana, chuck. >>> good evening, ann. the president finished up the first of what are going to be back to back townhall meetings here out west. colorado happens tomorrow. all of this part of an opportunity to try to regain the political momentum in his push for health care reform. >> reporter: president obama came to the hills of montana with his entire family in tow, for what was billed as a townhall on health care but at times felt more like a campaign rally. >> hello, montana! >> reporter: president obama was reminiscent of candidate obama at times as he worked the audience. >> so i need you to keep knocking on doors, talking to your neighbors, spread the facts. >> reporter: the president did take questions from a mostly supportive audience not before offering his media critique of how town halls have been covered this week. >> tv loves a ruckus. what you haven't seen on tv and what makes me proud are the many constructive meetings going on all over the country. >> reporter: mindful of tuesday's relatively tame new hampshire townhal
, for the short time you have given us to work together, to be together. to you, be all honor, power, glory and praise, now and forever. ame amen. >> father daniel coughlan, house of senator chaplain. i'm tom brokaw. special edition of nbc night will you news, continuing coverage of the final day of robert f. -- of senator edward m. kennedy, who we bury beside his brother, robert kennedy, and the late president john f. kennedy at arlington national cemetery in the next hour or so. this is a stop at the nation's capital. ♪ oh, beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain zplnchts for purple mountains majesty above the fruited plains ♪ ♪ america america ♪ ♪ god shed his grace on thee ♪ ♪ and crown thy good with brotherhood ♪ ♪ from sea to shining sea ♪ >> so appropriate to have the prayer from father coughlan, roman catholic faith was central to the life of senator kennedy, even when he strayed or sometimes crashed off the straight and narrow life, he always came back to the church. that's his son, patrick, you see in the foreground, standing at the hearse, the bo
of rest and meet the lord, your god. we thank you, lord, for the short time you have given us to work together, to be together. to you, be all honor, power, glory and praise, now and foreve ame amen. >> father daniel coughlan, house of senator chaplain. i'm tom brokaw. special edition of nbc night will you news, continuing coverage of the final day of robert f. -- of senator edward m. kennedy, who we bury beside his brother, robert kennedy, and the late president john f. kennedy at arlington national cemetery in the next hour or so. this is a stop at the nation's capital. ♪ oh, beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain zplnchts for purple mountains majesty above the fruited plains ♪ ♪ america america ♪ ♪ god shed his grace on thee ♪ ♪ and crown thy good with brotherhood ♪ ♪ from sea to shining sea ♪ >> so appropriate to have the prayer from father coughlan, roman catholic faith was central to the life of senator kennedy, even when he strayed or sometimes crashed off the straight and narrow life, he always came back to the church. that's his son, patrick
joining us from belgrade, montana, chuck. >>> good evening, ann. the president finished up the first of what are going to be back to back townhall meetings out west. colorado happens tomorrow. awful this part of an opportunity to try to regain the political momentum in his push for health care reform. president obama came to the hills of montana with his entire family in tow, for what was billed as a townhall on health care but at times felt more like a campaign rally. >> hello, montana. >> reporter: president obama was reminiscent of candidate obama at times as he worked the audience. >> so i need you to keep knocking on doors, talking to your neighbors, spread the facts. >> reporter: the president did take questions from a supportive audience not before offering his media critique of how town halls have been covered this week. >> tv loves a ruckus. what you haven't seen on tv and what makes me proud are the many constructive meetings going on all over the country. >> reporter: mindful of tuesday's relatively tame new hampshire townhall, the president avoided calling on anyone who c
. and by the way, why that big jump in the deficit number? the white house says it is using updated figures now that show the recession was even worse than originally thought. >> now the palace intrigue because it is washing timing is everything. we should talk about the timing. and because it is washington whenever somebody gets a job we talk about those that didn't get it. lawrence summers was rumored to beep getting this job. >> a lot of people thought larry summers the chief economic adviser was in waiting for the job. the president chose consistency, keeping ben bernanke in. and the white house made a pin the to say that summers approved of the appointment. >>> the u.s. postal service said today it is offering buyouts to tens of thousands of employees as it struggles to close a massive budget gap. as many as 30,000 postal workers will be eligible for a $15,000 payout if they agree to walk away from their jobs. in some cases their life's work. more cuts will be needed as the recession shrinks businesses and more americans turn to e-mail to communicate. postal service by the way is expected
"nightly news" coming up next. >> hope you join us for "news4 at 11:00." >>> on the broadcast tonight, the final journey begins for senator edward kennedy as family, friends and the people he served say good-bye. >>> out of the blue -- 18 years ago this 11-year-old girl disappeared. now the mystery may be solved by the woman herself. >>> money in the bank, but how much? what to do to make sure your money is safe. >>> and, battle lines in the fight against swine flu. we take you behind the scenes as a potential big new outbreak approaches. a potential big new outbreak approaches. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm lester holt in tonight for brian williams. we're coming to you from the john f. kennedy presidential library in boston where the body of j.f.k.'s yngest brother, senator edward kennedy now lies in repose. thousands have joined the line here to pay the respects to the senator who died late tuesday evening. many here can't remember a time when there wasn't a kennedy representing this state in washington. the se
that program comes to an ends. darcy spencer starts us off from gaithersburg. >> reporter: this family is getting into their 2010 toyota camry thanks for the cash for clunkers program. they got a $3,500 rebate in exchange for their dodge caravan which was over 10 years old with 176,000 miles. >> it's an incentive for us. we were holding on. it's a good program. let's go ahead and buy a car. we needed a car. >> reporter: at fitzgerald lake forest auto mall the lot is full of shoppers. time is running out to take advantage of the federal program. >> it's incredible. nothing but good news. more business this month than a year ago. we may have a record month in all of our company's history. >> reporter: the clunker program has been so successful the lots are running short on cars to buy. some are complaining they are not getting reimbursed by the government. >> it's not because of what a dealership has done wrong or right, it's because it's so onerus. >> reporter: the program has been great for business. nationally more than 450,000 new cars have been sold. linda brown hopes to be one of t
, it was trying to win over skeptics in grand junction, colorado. >> health care touches us all in profound way, which by the way it means it's only natural this debate is going to be an emotional one. >> reporter: mr. obama trying to turn the tide of except kichl sichl that is has arisen across the country. >> you are talking down to the american people. >> reporter: arguing their doesn't tell the whole story. you know tv loves a ruckus, but what you haven't seen because it's not as exciting is all the constructive meetings going on around the country. >> reporter: reflecting a growing public concern. >> we should not be stifling these discussions there. is nothing unamerican about disagreements. in fact, our grate i great nation was founded on speaking our minds. >> i'm going to call on that gentleman right there. >> reporter: while the theatrics of the president's town halls haven't be the focal point, he has tried to narrow his message on reform. in in that mp, he heighted pre-existing conditions. >> insurance companies will be prohibited from denying coverage because of a person's medical
is on cape cod's nauset beach don't with the latest for us. hello, jeff. >> good evening, lester. last weekend it was tropical storm claudette that surprised folks on florida's gulf coast. now this wean we have a hurricane, a much more powerful system churning up the east coast of the united states. earlier, it actually sideswiped the island of bermuda with winds upwards of 90 miles an hour causing some power outages to 3,700 people there most being restore and causing waves on the outer reefs of upwards of 30 to 35 feet. now bill is turning farther up the coast and beaches like n off. set here were closed because of overwash coming up over high tide and will remain closed right into sunday. again, this is a prime summer weekend, one of the last of the year and a lot of folks aren't taking kindly that they can't get down to the beach and enjoy one of these last weekends, so bill will sideswipe this yeah overnight an then move away toward canada, thankfully tomorrow. lester? >> thank you. while much of the east has escaped bill's winds and rains, its effectses are nonetheless being felt
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